Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Oct 2010 21:23 UTC, submitted by addoula
Opera Software Opera Extensions have been confirmed as a feature of Opera 11. "Extensions in Opera is a way for you to easily add new functionality to your Opera browser experience. Developers can easily create extensions using open standards (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript) and supported APIs. Extensions will be based on the W3C Widget specifications and this is being considered for an Open Standard effort."
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RE[3]: Vimperator
by vodoomoth on Fri 15th Oct 2010 09:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Vimperator"
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2010-03-30

Bingo, someone said it!

What is that "it"? That "none of the other extension systems are not nearly as flexible as Gecko's"? That's BS as no one knows how flexible Opera's extension really is.

These are HTML/CSS/JS patches, not extensions.
using open standards (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript) and supported APIs

The teaser reads "using open standards (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript) and supported APIs", right? Moreover, the linked page says
Will Opera Extensions be similar to extensions in other browsers?

Yes, Opera Extensions will be similar in some ways and we have tried to make it easy to port extensions from certain browsers.

We are committed to open web standards and this is an important part of our strategy, so if you find us deviating from other solutions out there, this might be why.


In my mind, Firefox has set a de facto standard as to browser extensions. Should Opera go against the wealth of extensions available to FF users, they would just prove that some immensely stupid people sit in their top ranks. But it wouldn't be the first time a company shoots itself in the foot. But I hope that won't happen. Opera's own co-authored CSS became a standard, Netscape's Javascript became a standard, why wouldn't Mozilla's extension system in Firefox become a standard?
Coming this late in the "browser extension match", I would (if I were Opera of course) reuse FF's whole system and, if I have any added value, extend it. I guess the extension system itself has extension points...


Would Google ever be forced to provide extension capability to block ads, if adblock+ didn’t already exist?

We'll never be able to tell.

These sandboxed extensions allow browser vendors to veto innovation.

There's something I don't get. First, given that Chrome (or webkit?) has been praised for its sandboxing of tabs and, IIRC, efforts have been going on to sandbox the execution of programs in Mac OS X (or was it just plugins in Safari?), I thought the sandbox concept was always a good thing. Second, how can allowing extensions have the effect of vetoing innovation? Doesn't it rather allow wild ideas to come to life?
They’re good up to a point, but I feel they set a bad precedent (similar to Apple app-store).

Could you elaborate more on this?

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